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West Coast Paradise
We have just returned from Tamarind and what can I say?dont listen to some negative reviews we have had the most wonderful stay in an oceanfront room  I’m quite picky but found the cleanliness of hotel superb the staff work so hard and are very proud of their hotel.Its not modern 5 star but it’s a Caribbean hotel on the platinum coast and we loved it you can probably get a modern 5 star but would be twice the price!!!We used the water taxis to other elegant hotels which is a great idea but we were always pleased to come back to Tamarind the others were a lot smaller and closed in somehow,Tamarind is very spacious.The food was a la carte most nights and was always very nice although we do like to go out to a couple of lovely restaurants in area to break it up ie Nishi in Holetown,The Lonestar and Tides all excellent restaurants.My only criticism on the food was lunchtime buffet was always the same so we opted for all day menu in bar which had a really good choice especially the “Rotis”and the club sandwich .Breakfast was nice the usual stuff but was made a whole lot better by the egg lady we loved her and her omelettes!!.We found all the staff to be very pleasant and a credit to the hotel,The hotel has a lovely beach always beds to be had and the free water sports are really good.Theres a guy on beach called Rod under the umbrella who has the choices boat would highly recommend to go see turtles he was excellent and he hires Jet Ski’s too very helpful and very friendly great bunch of guys on beach.We hired a car for the day and loved it very easy to drive around the island we went to the monkeys at nature reserve and loved it saw them being fed well worth a trip,and drive up east coast nice to see all the villages and everyone waved as you drive through.We also used the yellow bus which was an experience but absolutely fine $3.50 bajan to go anywhere.All in all I would highly recommend Tamarind ignore the negative reviews it’s a lovely hotel in a great location I don’t know what people want sometimes I found it to be faultless and I hope we can return very soon.
A fantastic hotel in a breath-taking location
After reading a few negative reviews about The Tamarind on Trip Advisor we were slightly nervous about our holiday and I even spoke to our travel agent about swapping to another hotel. I am SO glad we stuck with The Tamarind. From its perfect West Coast location on a stunning beach with its very own coral reef, to the beautiful outside dining area where you can enjoy the spectacular Barbados’ sunsets, this hotel definitely exceeded our expectations. It has a very chilled out vibe, but with two family-friendly swimming pools, my young children had an awesome holiday alternating between playing in the pools and swimming in the calm and crystal clear seas. They also liked popping into the Kids’ Club for an hour or two of chill out time in the afternoon. During our stay we made the most of the hotel’s dine around programmes and visited two of its other hotels for lunch, Crystal Cove and Turtle Beach. Visiting these hotels made us so glad that we’d stuck with The Tamarind! While Crystal Cove is a lovely hotel it felt a lot more crammed in and we weren’t so keen on the feel of the restaurants. Turtle Beach really was a disappointment, and it felt more like a cheap Spanish hotel than a premium Barbados one. The buffet lunch had huge queues and half the food had run out and hadn’t been refilled, while the other half was cold and soggy. The beach is lovely and big, but the water is often too rough to venture into. Back to The Tamarind, and another well-used highlight for us was the inclusive water sports. The team were really helpful and even got my 7-year-old son water skiing - which he was ecstatic about. We also took out the sail boats and tried the banana boats, rings and wakeboarding. When we went it was very easy to book a slot with lots of availability. Through the hotel you can also book a boot trip to snorkel with turtles and both my children (and us) had an unforgettable morning, made even better by an entertaining captain and guide. The only reason for giving the hotel 4 stars, instead of 5 was that we felt the food and drinks could’ve been better. In general it was good, but it felt like more buffets than I was expecting and it would’ve been nice to enjoy more A La Carte dinners. Also on the drinks front, the cocktails felt very weak compared to what you bought at an actual bar. We ended up buying a nice bottle of rose and some beers from the garage across the road. That being said, I think this is all fairly standard for an All Inclusive holiday. What I would recommend is that you make the most of being able to book into The Positano restaurant next door to the hotel. The food is lovely and the service fantastic. Overall an amazing holiday and we’ll definitely be returning to The Tamarind.
Heaven on earth
Only 4 out of 5 due to the need for some renovations. But the service, value, location and incredible staff make it feel like 5 star. Add in the free water taxi to the other properties up and down the coast and the included watersports you will not be dissapointed.
A wonderful stay....
We had a fantastic holiday at the Tamarind Hotel. The view from our Balcony was amazing. Rooms cleaned and tidied to a high spec every day. Yes some of the corridors and stairs to the rooms are a little tired looking but it did not bother us. We loved using the free Water Taxi for cruising along the beautiful West Coast. Special mention for Yvette in domestic services who always had a lovely smile, kind words and was very helpful. Special thanks to bar staff at Rilaks bar for the lovely mocktails, The gardeners who work so hard making the resort look lovely. Reception staff, our breakfast lady (of course) . The man who helped with suitcases and all the other Resort staff , all were smiling and polite. Thankyou and can't wait to see you next year.
Don’t listen to the negative reviews, only an idiot would travel to paradise and not enjoy themselves. It’s a hotel with character not super glamorous. Go to Dubai if you you like that sort of thing. The hotel is situated in a perfect position, everything you need is close by for you to enjoy. It’s right on the beach with the most beautiful clean calm seas and perfect sunsets. We loved the food, lots of fish and interesting local dishes to try. I will remember eating breakfast outside in the warm morning fresh air forever. Take me back there now.
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